State of Montana Archives: on Free Trade


Wilmot Collins: Fight to keep markets open for family farmers

Together we can make sure that the bedrock of Montana's economy, our farmers and our ranchers, aren't facing economic hardship because of harsher weather conditions or unpredictable markets. We can do this by investing in new partnerships with scientists, innovators and agricultural tech companies, and fight to keep markets for our products open to confront the growing problems that family farms face.
Source: 2020 Montana Senate campaign website WilmotCollins.com Jun 4, 2020

Albert Olszewski: Governor should be #1 salesperson for agriculture abroad

Montanans received more than $28 million from the federal government to offset losses farmers suffered under the trade war.

Olszewski said the fault doesn't lie with Trump, saying instead the challenge is global overproduction and market manipulation. "We're going to find a way that we create an even playing field for our producers so that they are not gamed, especially against the processors," Olszewski said. Olszewski also said he would be "the best salesman for our agriculture."

Source: Helena Independent Record on 2020 Montana governor debate Nov 26, 2019

Tim Fox: Countries abused free trade; will work to resolve trade war

Fox said farmers and ranchers faced low commodity prices before Trump took office. Though he said the president stopped other countries who "were abusing this free trade idea and taking advantage of America," he acknowledged producers in Montana have been hurt. "Our nation's governors have unique access to Congress and to the president, and I will use that access to advocate and encourage resolution of the trade war as quickly as possible," Fox said.
Source: Helena Independent Record on 2020 Montana governor debate Nov 26, 2019

Jon Tester: Tariffs on China harm our industries & drive up costs

Q: Support President Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Matt Rosendale (R): Yes. "We've had a trade war going on for decades. now we have a president who said we're not going to tolerate it."

Jon Tester (D): No. "These tariffs are harming our state's top industries by creating market uncertainty & driving up costs."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Matt Rosendale: Stop tolerating what China has been doing for decades

Q: Support President Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Matt Rosendale (R): Yes. "We've had a trade war going on for decades. now we have a president who said we're not going to tolerate it."

Jon Tester (D): No. "These tariffs are harming our state's top industries by creating market uncertainty & driving up costs."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Matt Rosendale: China is a cheater; need fairer free trade deal

China is a cheater who has been stealing our technology and intellectual property rights with no repercussions. I applaud President Trump for having the courage to stand up to China. We have every right to demand a better trade deal--a fair trade deal--that benefits our workers and our country. The President is an expert negotiator who I know will put America first and is starting his negotiations from a position of strength.ˇ
Source: Great Falls Tribune on 2020 Montana Senate race May 21, 2018

John Edward Walsh: Don't ship American jobs to China

Montana Senate candidates Steve Daines and John Walsh accuse each other in TV ads of helping to ship American jobs to China, but both sides fail to support their exaggerated claims.

Daines says Walsh "supported shipping American jobs to China," referring to President Obama's economic stimulus. But Walsh wasn't in the Senate at the time and didn't vote on the legislation. A small portion of the stimulus did go to Chinese firms, but Walsh had nothing to do with the award of stimulus contracts.

Walsh says Daines worked to build factories in China "at the same time Daines' company was firing thousands of American workers here." Daines did help Procter & Gamble expand in China in the 1990s, but the company says Daines was not involved in strategic corporate decisions. Moreover, the implication that expansion in China came at the expense of U.S. jobs is unsupported.

Source: FactCheck.org on 2014 Montana Senate race May 22, 2014

Steve Daines: Worked for 6 years bringing U.S. consumer products to China

An ad from the Walsh campaign accuses Daines of "double-speak," boasting about job creation while helping to outsource American jobs overseas: "Daines worked for years in China, helping an American company build factories there, at the same time Daines' company was firing thousands of American workers here."

Independently, both of those claims are more or less accurate. But we think the clear implication is that one caused the other, and that Daines was responsible for it. On both of those scores, clear evidence is lacking.

Daines, then 29, worked for P&G in China from 1991 to 1997 to help expand the company bringing U.S. consumer products into China. And in 1993, P&G announced a plan to "streamline" its operations by closing 30 plants and eliminating 13,000 jobs worldwide--including four plants and 4,000 jobs in the U.S. But did expansion in China come at the expense of American jobs? Walsh campaign officials claim it did. [We rule that there's no support] that Daines was responsible.

Source: FactCheck.org on 2014 Montana Senate race May 22, 2014

John Edward Walsh: On trade mission: Montana is open for business

Walsh spoke toward the end of the trade mission luncheon [in Sydney, Australia. He noted] it would be in America's best interest not to be dependent on foreign oil or to have soldiers be in harm's way because of America's oil dependence on the Middle East.

"I can tell you that we're here today to celebrate the fact that Montana is open for business," Walsh said. "Eastern Montana is the land of opportunity. It is home to the biggest energy boom in America. That's something we can be proud of.

Source: Sydney (Australia) Herald on 2014 Montana Senate debates Nov 9, 2013

Stan Jones: NAFTA leads to American Union as part of one-world Communism

I risk sounding like a conspiracy theorist, but itís no longer a theory. What Iím about to say is fact. The secret organizations of the world power elite are no longer secret. They have planned and are now leading us into a one-world Communist government

The combining of national government started with the European Union--that union started with trade agreements; then a common currency, the Euro; & now a European Parliament that is feverishly passing laws that override the laws of the member nations

Now itís North Americaís turn. Building on NAFTA, the Commerce Department is busy drafting laws and regulations for a North American Union, a union of the Canada, America, and Mexico. No treaty has been signed, so Congress has not become not involved However, money from our treasury is now being spent for this effort. We will have a new currency, the Amero; and a new Constitution, modeled on the Soviet Unionís constitution.

Huge amounts of property will be taken in the name of free trade.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Judy Martz: Trade as ďsister-statesĒ in Japan, China, & Taiwan

Our sister-state relationships with Kumamoto, Japan, and Taiwan, have given Montanans ever-growing economic trade opportunities for Montana businesses. Our new sister-state relationship with Guangxi, China will help us build close cultural understandings and economic ties with over one billion Chinese consumers. We are becoming an important player in one of the most significant economic arenas in the world. And I will build better relations and economic opportunities with our Canadian neighbors.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature Jan 25, 2001

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2020 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
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